On the fertile banks of the Murray River, the art scene has flourished and become an integral part of the remote city of Mildura on the NSW/Victoria border.

The importance of artistic expression has become pronounced during recent climatic and economic struggles, and Mildura has become something of a beacon of culture and a model for other towns and indeed the country.

The community initiated Arts mildura project serves to cultivate local talent while attracting international artists and visitors. Opening with the International Music Festival (January 20-31), which is a collaboration of musical skill inspiring through performances and workshops in riverboats, wineries, and arts venues, the program continues with 20 days of parades, theatre, cinema and comedy for the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, beginning tarting on March 26, with more than 40 visually rich events across two states.

The entire program has become a concentration of creativity, promoting the area and its talent and appealing to a very diverse audience.

Mildura’s famous Writers’ Festival has attracted literary stars such as Nobel Laureate JM Coetze, acclaimed authors David Malouf, Les Murray and Clive James and is steeped in provincial pleasures, culminating in firesides discussions lasting deep into the night.

The Palimpsest Triennials explore modern environmental issues, engaging visitors with innovative projects. For 30 years the spring Jazz, Food, and Wine festival (Oct 29 to Nov 1) has bloomed with four complete days of music and entertainment spilling from the bars and cafes into the streets and riverside parks.

The entire program has become a concentration of creativity, promoting the area and its talent and appealing to a very diverse audience.

For more information on the entire year’s worth of fascinating cultural events in Mildura, check out www.artsmildura.com.au